Behind the Big Friendly Curtain of Accommodationism is a mean little man, an Archie Bunker who desperately wants to say to atheists, “Stifle yourself!” The thing is, we rarely get a peek behind that curtain. But it’s been pulled aside a bit. Jean Kazez, famous for her tut-tutting about the incivility of atheists, matched only by her heartfelt denials that she wants atheists to shut up, has finally shown her true colors:
In any event–the point is that there’s nothing remotely scandalous about saying that the public square is the wrong place to promote atheism/objective morality incompatibility. Likewise, I don’t see much point in discussing religion/science incompatibility in the public square. We can all agree on very plain and simple things–if science, then no creation in 6 days. If science, then no dinosaurs living at the same time as humans. Lots of limited incompatibilities like that are indisputable. But the more sweeping assertion that science rules out most of religion is complicated and technical (what is science? what is religion? what is compatibility?). And there are important issues about the impact of making that assertion.
Yes, we need to stay out of the “public square,” for those regular pplz are too dumb and unsophisticated to understand what all of us smarties are talking about! But the accommodationists and religious pplz can still talk! They iz okay!
Although I can’t prove it, I think Kazez’s viewpoint is shared by many of our accommodationist friends—but of course they can’t say that stuff because they’ll look like they’re stifling discussion. Instead they engage in classical displacement activity, kvetching about tone.
Brother Blackford discusses the issue here.